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The Well-being Institute looks beyond happiness or the bare essentials of well-being, taking a comprehensive approach to the study of human flourishing, encompassing multiple levels of analysis, including the individual, the family, organisations, community and society. Our approach incorporates dynamic concepts, such as effective public policy, which support and sustain flourishing across these levels.


Current projects


The impact of the economic crisis on mental health




Population well-being is closely tied to economic stability. We consider the impact of the recent economic crisis on European mental health, focusing particularly on inequalities between those highest and lowest in well-being. Through this, we hope to provide insights on the impact of existing policies on well-being during times of economic instability and identify future areas of potential impact relevant to policymakers. This work is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council . The full report on this project has been released and is now available here.



Measuring well: A free online resource for well-being researchers


Infographics: WEBMAT

With the ambition to study well-being across disciplines and sectors comes the challenges to use appropriate measures. These can vary between samples, sectors and circumstances of the populations involved. To address this, we have developed the Well-Being Measurement Advisory Tool to provide well-being researchers with a resource to systematically select measures based on the needs of their work as well as to improve consistency and quality of evidence available.

Happiness and well-being in a healthcare setting



Research is increasingly demonstrating that compassion and well-being are deeply intertwined. This project utilizes multiple disciplinary perspectives to explore a) the nature of compassion and wellbeing, and the ways they are related; b) best practice for interventions to enhance compassion and wellbeing; and c) the diverse effects these interventions have upon people and their relationships.